I am going to stab this stupid subquery in the face (Access troubles) (SOLVED, nevermind)

ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
edited May 2016 in Help / Advice Forum
Okay, I'm trying to run a query that incorporates a subquery. Or maybe I don't need a subquery, fuck if I know.


I have a database that contains, among other things, the fields IDnumber, firstname, lastname, and ParentID. The ParentID is how the database matches related records together. If the record is related to another record, the ParentID contains the IDnumber of the other record. If the record isn't related to anything, the ParentID just contains the IDnumber of its own record.

So you might have something that looks like:
IDnumber    FirstName    LastName    ParentID
00001       Joe          Smith       00001
00002       Bob          Smithie     00002
00003       Ed           Eddies      00003
00004       George       Brown       00001
00005       Matt         Eddies      00003

I want to run a search that pulls values from a form for the IDnumber, firstname, and lastname fields, and returns all records which match based on those values, AND all records that are related to anything that matched. If, for example, the LastName search field contains "smith", I want the query to return the records for 00001, 00002, and 00004.

I tried doing this by doing an initial query for just the records that match the search fields (00001 and 00002), and then feeding the results of that query into a second query (basically returning all records for which either the IDnumber OR the ParentID existed in the list of IDnumbers returned by the first query), but it yells at me because "at most one query can be returned by this subquery". And I don't know how to work around that. My subquery-fu is weak, and I don't really speak SQL.

It's entirely possible that a subquery isn't the way to go here, but I'm not sure how to accomplish what I need to accomplish.

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  • ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    AAAAAND nevermind.

    I threw the subquery in as a table in Design View and did a join that way and abracadabra now it works.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    It's actually a lot more complicated than that because a subquery should only return one row when you do that. You're going to have to use joins and group by to do this. It'd be easier to separate it out if possible instead of doing it in one fell swoop.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    Well, without creating a new table, a query like this should do it:

    Obviously that's for a specific case, so it'd need to be generalized however you currently have it based on the form input rather than a fixed string.

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